Quad-City Times Bix 7
Run with the Best! July 24, 2021 at 8 AM!
2021 marks the 47th running of the Quad-City Times Bix 7. This historic out-and-back race through downtown Davenport is for runners and walkers alike. The 7-Mile course starts at the base of Brady Street Hill and is lined with live bands and cheering crowds. You will Run with the Best as elite athletes toe the line, including legends Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Meb Keflezighi. Start at the Mississippi River and finish at the Midwest’s biggest post-race-party. Race, walk or run, let’s have fun!
Prairie Farms Quick Bix
Run the Quick Bix! July 24, 2021 at 8 AM!
The Prairie Farms Quick Bix 2 mile is a fun and festive way to do the Bix. Participants start at the same time and location as the 7-mile race, all going up the famous Brady Street hill together. You decide race morning which route you want to take. Once you’re at the top of the hill, turn right to head back down to the post-race party.
Arconic Jr Bix
Arconic’s Jr Bix is an exciting way for the whole family to be part of Bix weekend. This Friday event is geared toward crawlers to runners age 12 with various distances based on age. Each participant receives a medal, t-shirt and entrance into the festive post-race party.
AGE DIVISIONS, DISTANCES & LOCATION
Separate races will be held for each age group:
- Ages 5 years & under (parents welcome to run with child): 70-yard run. Start and finish on East 3rd St. Crawlers move across a carpet square.
- Ages 6-7: ½ mile run. Start and finish on East 4th St.
- Ages 8-12: 7/10 mile run. Start and finish on East 4th St.
Please know the Jr Bix celebrates all children and their unique abilities. If your child needs assistance due to a physical or neurological condition, you can participate with them (as a Jr. Bix Buddy), or we can provide a volunteer Buddy to assist. A special lane is available for each group’s safety at the starting line to accommodate a stroller, wheel chair, walker, or if they need to accelerate slower from the start. We also provide loaner earmuffs or disposable earplugs for noise sensitivity (upon request).
What is a Virtual race?
A Virtual race allows you to run your race while maintaining physical distance.
- Register online. Your official race t-shirt, swag & special offers will be mailed to the address you provide.
- In June, we’ll send out the training schedule to help you prepare.
- Run/walk/jog between the dates of Saturday, July 17 – Saturday, July 24 at the location of your choice; sidewalk, treadmill, trail, track, or even at another race.
- Once done, you have until noon on July 24 to submit your results on our online platform. Check the leader board to see how you fair. Here you can print and share your finisher’s certificate to social media and see your time compared with your peers in your age group.
- Official race t-shirt & swag will be mailed directly to your home by the end of July.
- Want to switch to the In-person event? No problem! Registered participants can switch race events (Virtual to In-Person back again) as many times as you’d like without fees through June 30.
Beat the Elite Challenge
Win $2,500 cash!
An event where anyone has a chance to cross the finish line first! All Bix 7 entrants who register for race before June 1, 2021 will be eligible. A name will be drawn at random a name from those registered. This person will be given the opportunity to race and beat the overall winner of the Bix 7 road race. The person selected will be given a head start, 2-3 miles, possibly more, depending on the needed handicap to make the event competitive. If the chosen runner “beats the elite” to the finish line, he or she will win …$2,500!
Genesis Sports Medicine Brady Street Sprints
Brady Street Sprint
It’s an uphill sprint – are you up for the challenge?
The race is exactly a quarter-mile climb, steeply ascending Brady Street hill. Time trials take place at 7 p.m. during the three Bix @ 6 training runs at 5th and Pershing Streets. The top finishers each night win a Running Wild gift certificate and make it into the final round, which will take place during a live broadcast on KWQC at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021.
Nine races highlight the evening: two men’s and women’s open races (29 & under and 39 & under for each), two Masters’ Races (40+ men’s and women’s), High School Relays (boys’ & girls’) and the Bix 7 Sponsors Race (Bix sponsors only). The finals will be televised on KWQC with cash prizes for top finishers. Contact Gary to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Premier Buick GMC Dealers’ First Responders’ Challenge
Which Quad City first responder team is the fastest? 6-member co-ed teams from Fire, EMS/Medic, Sheriff and Police departments compete over the 7-mile course. Top three teams will win cash prizes for their department. In appreciation for stepping forward at the hardest moments, race entry fees will be waived. Contact Bix7Info@gmail to learn more.
Premier Buick GMC Dealers’ High School Challenge
The first IA or IL male & female high school finishers to cross the Bix 7 finish line, wins $1,000 for their high school. All Iowa and Illinois incoming freshman and outgoing seniors are eligible to participate. Winning would not affect athletic eligibility. Be sure to select the Premier Buick GMC Dealers’ High School Challenge when you register for the Quad-City Times Bix 7.
All City Challenge
Which city runs the Bix 7 the fastest? Last year Davenport won the Scott County Regional Authority All-City Challenge. The award is compiled by taking the 5 fastest men and women from each city. These times are divided by 10 to get the average time of all 10 runners from each city. Then we’ll name the fastest city. The Scott County Regional Authority will present the traveling “Nancy Kapheim Memorial Trophy” to the winning city’s mayor.
Celebration time begins after the race and Walmart knows how to throw a party! After you cross the finish line, make your way to the Quad-City Times parking lot. Walmart, along with our other great sponsors, will be waiting with food, fun and beverages!
Train to Run With the Best!
Novice or veteran runner, achieve the goals you set for yourself with a training program from Genesis Sports Medicine.
Safe Running Tips
The Road Runner’s Club of America recommends some basic do’s and do not’s out on the run (assuming that you will also follow the overarching CDC guidelines):
- Don’t go out for a run or walk if you are feeling ill or have flu-like symptoms.
- Do practice social distancing – ensure appropriate spacing between runners; the current recommendation is at least six to eight feet of separation.
- Do respect community regulations if parks, tracks, and multi-use trails have been closed due to over-use during stay-at-home orders.
- Do run single-file, not two abreast unless there is ample public space to do so. Don’t force others off of a sidewalk or trail by hogging the space.
- Do alter your route or time of day you run if you find it too crowded to ensure appropriate social distancing.
- Don’t spit or “nose rocket” your nose in public – bring along tissues or a small towel or a good old-fashioned hanky if you need to get rid of some snot during your run/walk.
- Carry your own fluids and avoid contact with public water fountains.
- Do wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using a port-a-john. As NPRA reminds people, prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
- Don’t share towels, food, gels, or any other item if you run or walk with family or one close friend.
- Do tactfully remind others you see out on your run to practice social distancing if you see groups of 3 or more.
- Do use sidewalks where available in your community. Most communities have ordinances requiring the use of sidewalks by pedestrians when available. Do not create unsafe driving situations for emergency vehicles by running down the middle of a road. The last thing the medical community needs right now is to treat avoidable accidents and injuries.
- Don’t post group selfies on social media after a run….you shouldn’t be running in a group right now.
THIS MAGNIFICENT COMMUNITY EVENT OWES ITS CONTINUING SUCCESS TO THE PLATINUM, GOLD MEDAL AND CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS, TO THE MANY DOZENS OF OTHER SUPPORTING BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS AND TO THE THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS. THE QUAD-CITY TIMES, CORNBELT RUNNING CLUB AND THE ENTIRE QUAD-CITY COMMUNITY DEEPLY APPRECIATES THIS DEDICATION AND GENEROSITY.